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Hedgerow Foraging

Discover the wild food secrets of Britain’s hedgerows, with a day of countryside foraging at the River Cottage Cookery School.

There are many edible plants that can be found growing in our hedgerows, woods and fields – but how can you spot them? On our one-day Hedgerow Foraging course, wild food and mushroom expert John Wright will guide you safely through the pleasures and perils of nature’s harvest.

You’ll have fun roaming around the beautiful Devon countryside, identifying and gathering your edible crop, before returning to River Cottage HQ to study, cook and feast upon your finds. The day will leave you informed and inspired, ready to get back to the wild and forage your own suppers.

Your day

09:30 - 17:00

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    You’ll be met at the top of the hill and transported to River Cottage HQ by tractor and trailer.

  • Make yourself at home

    You will meet your host, John Wright, and start the day with a light breakfast (including one of our famous ‘forager’s nips’) before heading off to the foraging site.

  • Practical session

    You will spend the morning exploring the countryside around River Cottage HQ, collecting anything wild that can be eaten. John will teach you how to safely identify, pick and prepare your harvest.

  • Snack break

    We’ll keep your energy levels up, with delicious snacks on location.

  • Demo session one

    Back in the barn, you will learn to identify the food that was found on your forage. John will teach you simple ways of recognising plants, as well as lessons in poisonous species, conservation, the laws of foraging and more exotic wild foods like birch sap and spring fungi.

  • Demo session two

    To whet your appetite before your foragers’ supper, John will demonstrate dishes that can be created with simple ingredients from the wild.

  • Foraged supper

    Your feast will include your foraged harvest, along with local and seasonal fare prepared by the River Cottage team.

Please note: This is a guide to the activities that will make up your course at River Cottage. This is by no means set in stone and will depend on seasonal availability.

On occasion cookery schools will use equipment that includes induction hobs. It is recommended that people with pace makers should not work on these units. If you are concerned or would like to check whether or not induction hobs will be used on the course you are interested in, please call us on 01297 630302.

Sorry, there are currently no events planned for this course. If you are interested in this course please get in touch and let us know.

Further information...

This course is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.

We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines available to purchase.

If you need local accommodation we have a full list available.

We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.

  • Sustainable Restaurant Association
  • Food Reader Awards 2014
  • The British Cookery School Awards 2014
  • Visit Devon Tourism Awards 2015 Gold